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Creation to Gregory Bateson's certain standpoint at the dating of humanity to the wildlife.

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Haddon’s offer of anthropological training enabled him to step aside from his father’s specialism. Gregory later told his biographer: “The switch to anthropology was a sort Bateson 15 of revolt. . And in a sense I didn’t revolt very far . . [I did not want] to make a frontal attack because I don’t think the parents had any idea . . what they were doing [to me]. . But, instead, I wanted to use the sorts of tools that they would use to prove a new position” (Lipset 1978, 46). Feeling crushed by the weight of family expectations, when the chance came to take up anthropology and so escape something of the shadow of his father’s prominence, the young Bateson readily accepted it.

It points out that “the problems of peaceful civilization require . . ” They urge that “America . . must in these days be careful not to be dazzled with the prospect of world power which has come to her. . To hope for a peaceful world which will be permanently dependant on us, economically and militarily, is to hope for that which cannot be, because it should not be. . ” It is not clear whether Gregory Bateson had already returned from his duties with the military in Burma and was present at this conference, or subsequently read the conference papers and was able to contribute “remarks” to the edited record that was eventually published in 1947 (Bryson, Finkelstein, and MacIver 1947).

He experienced the boarding school education normal for his social class and had just entered Charterhouse School in 1918 when his eldest brother was killed in the war. The second brother survived the war but, stressed by his father’s insistence that he should become a worthy scientific successor to himself and by an unhappy love affair, committed suicide. Thus, Gregory was left as the sole heir to his father’s expectations and many of his beliefs and emphases. PARENTAL INFLUENCE The three brothers grew up in the shadow of their father’s eminence.

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